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CPI Case Study: King County, Washington

3/30/2011 8:00:00 AM

BLOG-KING-COUNTY-TERAFRAMES.jpgAs the 14th most populated county in the nation, Washington State's King County (home to Seattle) was in need of a state-of-the-art data center. Not only did this new data center need to meet rising demand in a fiscally and environmentally responsible manner, it had to ensure the smooth operation of many IT-based support services including property tax appraisals, records, legal services, elections, regional parks and facilities, law enforcement data, public transit, online bill pay, pet licensing, web hosting and more.

To achieve this goal, the King County IT (KCIT) department began by researching the demands of its community to ensure that the county's new 4,225 sq. ft. data center would be both highly efficient and reliable. By using the industry's latest data center innovations, including custom-made cabinets, to craft a complete solution, KCIT turned to Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) to build a data center that would utilize the latest technologies in thermal management to provide environmentally sound solutions in creating an energy efficient data center. CPI offered a variety of flexible solutions, which included custom products that were designed specifically for King County to effectively meet the needs of the public.

The King County Data Center, now located in Sabey Data Center Properties' SDC52, is part of a new modular wholesale co-location facility located in Tukwila, WA at the "Intergate East" facility. Thanks to the area's natural climate, this location provides King County with an optimal environment for use of CPI's Passive Cooling® Solutions to create an energy efficient data center. Enabling the use of evaporative economizer cooling that accounts for 50-70 percent energy savings, SDCP's installation design works well with CPI Passive Cooling, which successfully manages the airflow through, over, and around equipment cabinets to improve overall cooling effectiveness.

BLOG-KING-COUNTY-CFD.gifTo get complete details on how King County used CPI's online Product Configurator, CFD Modeling services, TeraFrame® Cabinets and more to optimize their new data center facility, be sure to read the entire King County/Sabey Data Center Properties Case Study here. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

Chatsworth Products, Inc. Wins Golden Glove Award for 2010

3/29/2011 8:00:00 AM

Earlier this month, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) and Corning Cable Systems were honored as most valued vendors in 2010 at the annual President's Club Circle of Excellence, hosted by distributor partner Accu-Tech.

With more than 250 industry professionals in attendance at Accu-Tech's annual awards ceremony and banquet, CPI's Golden Glove Award (seen below) recognizes outstanding performance with Accu-Tech in sales and vendor partnership for 2010. In keeping with the larger-than-life pugilist theme of the evening, a Champion Boxing Belt prize was also awarded. 

CPI Area Vice Presidents Jeff Steen and Jack Larson were
on hand to receive the award and accept on behalf of the company.

"I've personally watched several of the leading industry manufacturers win this award in years past. To join that elite group and now have our own Golden Glove is something we've strived for and are quite thankful! It's a true testament to the partnership and commitment we share with Accu-Tech," Jeff notes. 

Now that CPI has its coveted first Golden Glove, here's to many more successes in the future! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

GUEST BLOG: Impact Data Solutions Finds Success in Installing CPI Products

3/22/2011 8:00:00 AM

Here at Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI), we welcome your input, insights and active role in our online community. This is especially true of the Cross-Connect CPI Blog - where we maintain a clear and open line of communication between our colleagues, customers and more. The following article, submitted to us by an international installation provider, is the first installment in a new Guest Blog series that welcomes your insights into working with CPI. To learn more about contributing, drop us an email here. 

This first Guest Blog post comes to us from Robbie Williams, Managing Director at Impact Data Solutions. 

Ben Parker and Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams, Managing Director at Impact Data Solutions (left) with
Ben Parker, CPI Sales Manager.

As an award-winning provider of project installation services throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, Impact Data Solutions has evolved from specializing in data cabling to a multi-disciplinary solutions provider for the Data, IT and Security sectors.

Located in Surrey, UK, Impact Data Solutions is accredited and approved by many industry leading system manufacturers, including Chatsworth Products, who provide Impact Data Solutions with a vast range of products and technologies to best suit project and budgetary requirements for their clients.

By working closely with Chatsworth Products as a certified business partner, Impact Data Solutions has come to appreciate CPI as leaders in designing and manufacturing pinnacle solutions for containment, runway and enclosure systems. Having implemented various CPI systems within many of our client data centres and associated building projects across the UK and Europe, we count CPI as a valuable asset to our business.

CPI Runway and Cable ManagementWe've been especially proud to complete installation of CPI's own product showroom at their Buckinghamshire, UK location.

At Impact Data Solutions, we are very proud of our business, the business we do with CPI, and the rate at which we have grown since 2009. We now look forward to embarking on the next chapter in the Impact Data Solutions story - namely, bringing our services and capabilities to the forefront of our industry. To learn more about our services and check out newly launched website, please visit us at impactds.com. Robbie Williams, Managing Director, Impact Data Solutions 

Introducing CPI Data Center Efficiency Technical Seminar Series for 2011

3/16/2011 8:00:00 AM

Seminar SeriesChatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI), along with various Strategic Alliance Partners, is proud to present the Data Center Efficiency Technical Seminar Series for 2011. Throughout the year, CPI will be hosting complimentary nationwide seminars that will provide attendees with the opportunity to earn BICSI credits while learning a variety of best practices for data center efficiency.  

 As the demands of today’s data centers create new challenges in design, airflow management, energy savings and power, CPI industry experts will partner with technology leaders to provide you with insights on topics including: 

Design Strategies  

  • Current and emerging metrics in data center analysis 
  • Government’s role in data center efficiencies 

Economics of Airflow Management  

  • High density capabilities proven achievable through containment 
  • Roadmap for calculating containment ROI 

Best Practices for Economization  

  • Impact of ASHRAE 90.1 on data center construction and upgrades 
  • Applications and approaches for various free-cooling architectures 

Power Distribution Efficiencies 

  • Create a lower cost, more reliable, flexible and scalable power distribution system 
  • Benefits of PDU functionalities, power densities and voltages in overall power improvement 

Additionally, you’ll be able to earn 5 BICSI Continuing Education Credits for successful completion of individual courses!   

Our first event takes place on April 20th, 2011 at the Hilton Pleasanton at the Club in Pleasanton, California, where CPI’s Ian Seaton and Anderson Hungria will present with CPI partners. This and all future events will include a panel question-and-answer session, BICSI credit opportunities and a handful of useful takeaways and more. 

 To get full details on all upcoming topics, locations and registration info, visit us at chatsworth.com/data-center-seminar. Plus, be sure to follow @CPI_Products on Twitter and use the #CPIseminar hashtag for even more insider info and updates before, during and after each event!  

 We look forward to seeing you there! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

Say Hello to the New Chatsworth Products Website

3/10/2011 8:12:27 PM

As a global manufacturer providing voice, data and security products and solutions that optimize, store and secure technology equipment, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) has enjoyed tremendous growth and diversification of our products, services and international presence over the past few years.

With this rapid growth and success, CPI’s commitment to being a company of the highest quality in every aspect of our business now takes a necessary and notable leap forward with the announcement and introduction of our brand new Chatsworth Products, Inc. Global Website.

The new site will now offer employees and visitors alike a more streamlined, strengthened and feature-rich online experience in all aspects of our business. Likewise, CPI’s impressive technological progress in the 21st century is now more fittingly represented by a completely new and brand-reinforcing visual palette and sharp design aesthetic – easy on the eyes and easier to navigate!

Of course, these exciting website changes are the culmination of extensive and intensive internal research, external customer feedback and optimized processes to bring you, the end-user, a completely satisfying and valuable online experience when visiting CPI on the web.

While we’ve retained and simply enhanced many site features you’ve come to know, love, and rely on in the past, we’ve also added many new features and functionality. Those enhancements, upgrades and new additions are outlined below:

  • A redesigned home page, which features quick and easy access to our most popular and useful tools and info – and to make this transition as smooth as possible, no major changes to our registration and returning login procedures.
  • Newly enhanced and extensively informative drop-down tabs and menus for all main site destinations, including (newly added) Solutions, Products, Support & Downloads, About CPI, and Contact Us sections.
  • Brand new Solutions tab and section, which helps direct customers to those products and services that best suit their industry, application, business need, and/or compatible solution.
  • Complete upgrade to our News & Events section, including an interactive and easy-to-map planning calendar of trade shows, seminars, training sessions and more.
  • Enhanced Product pages that provide all relevant documentation (data sheets, cut sheets, user manuals, etc.), design tools, video and related links for that specific product.
  • Newly added Featured Products and Product Comparison tools on various Product and Solutions pages that offer helpful thumbnail imagery, product info and quick links to more data.
  • Easily accessed eCatalog links for every product page, allowing customers to add products to a cart for easy ordering through distributors and resellers.
  • New, high-level, Network, Server and Multi-Use Cabinets sections, providing customers with product info based on application needs for various Cabinets & Enclosures.
  • Visually appealing Call-to-Action banners on various pages that help link customers to quick contact info to sales, technical and customer support, site visit scheduling, product info, service demos and more.
  • Complete access to Design Tools through our Support & Downloads section, including login requirements prompts for access to CAD Blocks, Visio Shapes, PUE Calculator and more. BIM Modeling and CFD Services info to be added shortly after launch.
  • New placement of Seismic Products to those applicable product family pages for which they’re offered, including racks and cabinets.
  • Enhanced Contact Us section that includes a brand new search functionality by geographic region to locate CPI Sales Representatives, as well as quick access to CPI technical and customer support, a How to Buy page that includes Frequently Asked Questions and Government Business, and extensive distributor/reseller contact information.
  • Totally upgraded and overhauled Product Documentation Center, which allows document search using a variety of helpful filters. These include search by part number (first five digits ONLY) using the “By Keyword” tab, search “By Product” for product-specific documentation, and search “By Solution” to return high-level, relevant documentation such as case studies and white papers.
  • Newly added Social Media Icons throughout the site, which offer a quick link to all of CPI’s online social media tools.

We’re confident that once you’ve had a chance to browse and navigate the site, check out our new features, pages, search tools and more, you’ll enjoy a seamless and smooth transition moving forward. As always, we welcome your feedback and response to our new site and look forward to best serving your needs with that same level of quality and craftsmanship that we put into every single CPI product. Thank you for your support and enjoy the new site! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist  

Visiting SXSW in Austin, TX? Stop By and See CPI!

3/9/2011 8:00:00 AM

SXSW 2011 logo updateAs the warm weather and sunny skies of spring return to Central Texas, many of us at the Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) Georgetown, TX facility are gearing up for the 25th anniversary of the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW®) Music and Media Conference taking place in nearby Austin, TX. 

From March 11 – 20, film, music, and multimedia/technology enthusiasts will descend upon the region in what has now become the highest revenue-producing special event of the year for Austin’s economy.

Throughout the years, the SXSW Interactive portion of the conference has become a hotbed of exciting new technologies, entrepreneurial ideas and success stories (social media giants, Twitter and Foursquare, both saw their brands skyrocket after displaying at the conference). This year, over 36,000 industry leaders, programmers and more will gather together for a series of seminars, educational sessions and presentations that highlight emerging technologies and the hottest new digital trends.

For all those tech-savvy and multimedia professionals in town during this exciting time, we’d like to extend an open invitation to come visit us just up the road in Georgetown at CPI’s state-of-the-art Research, Development and Training Center.

Here, you’ll find a wide variety of highly optimized IT storage solutions on display, as well as a chance to tour our thermal test lab and see the wonders of CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions for the data center and beyond.

So whether you’re a promising new startup in need of a solid IT infrastructure plan, or a trusted brand simply looking to optimize, CPI has the right solutions for you.

Please contact us at 512-868-6070 to schedule a visit or visit our website for more information. Lindsay Klein, Research, Development and Training Coordinator 


Chatsworth Products Set to Exhibit and Present at Data Center World 2011

3/9/2011 8:00:00 AM

DCW2011 LOGO.bmpThis March 27-31, the Mirage Hotel & Events Center in Las Vegas, NV plays host to the 2011 AFCOM Data Center World conference and trade show. As the largest global event of its kind, Data Center World is the premier and leading educational conference for data center professionals, RCDDs, contractors and IT infrastructure providers alike. 

Look for CPI to feature our thermal management solutions, GlobalFrame™ Cabinet, F-Series and N-Series TeraFrame® Cabinet Systems, and a full line of Rack and Cabinet PDUs.

In addition to our attendance and main exhibit hall display (booth #709), Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is proud to be an integral part of this year’s proceedings with CPI’s own Technical Applications Development Manager, Ian Seaton, set to deliver a keynote presentation entitled “Simple Models for Data Center Cooling Efficiency.”

The presentation will be delivered twice – Tuesday, March 29 at 1:15PM-2:15PM and Wednesday, March 30 at 9:15AM-10:15AM, giving all attendees an extra chance at hearing just how instrumental cooling is to both the capital and operating budget for a data center. With insider tips for design, equipment selection and an example of how CPI’s CFD Modeling can be used to verify a design and estimate a cooling operating budget, this presentation should offer something for everyone. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist

Live Video Demonstrates How to Manage High Heat Loads in Your Data Center

3/1/2011 8:00:00 AM

At our state-of-the-art Research, Development and Training Center (RD&T) in Georgetown, Texas, CPI continues to excel at developing and fine-tuning a variety of innovative and cost-effective solutions for peak performance in IT infrastructure.

In addition to our product showroom and training center, CPI is especially proud of the technical research and development being carried out in the Thermal Test Lab at our RD&T.

In this recently released video overview, CPI’s Thermal Design Manager, Travis North, gives us a live demonstration of CPI's Passive Cooling® Solution using F-Series TeraFrame® Cabinets operating at approximately 32 kW of IT load.

Watch the video and you’ll see how CPI's Vertical Exhaust Duct (VED) can provide an energy savings of 45% and beyond using the correct data center design and equipment framework, as well getting a first-hand glimpse at the hands-on approach CPI takes to remain on the cutting edge of thermal cooling techniques.BLOG-VIDEO-THERMAL-TEST.jpg 

And remember, whether you have a slab, raised or shared floor space, CPI’s Thermal Test Lab can be configured to simulate your data center environment – the perfect opportunity to schedule a personal demonstration and see the savings for yourself! Contact us at 800-834-4969 to learn more. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist